"Moving house necessarily involves a complicated series of tasks, even if you are just moving across town, and it is important to plan in an organized way, starting well in advance of the moving date. A good plan and schedule can help relieve the stress of moving and ensure a smooth transition from the old home to the new, reducing the potential for unforeseen last minute calamities and expense.
It's a good idea to start organizing about 8 weeks in advance of the moving date. The first order of business is creating a schedule and here are some general tips and guidelines for organizing your move.
At about 8 weeks it is time to start saving materials for packing. Collect bags and boxes from the supermarket and starting saving newspapers for wrapping fragile items in. There is no sense in paying for boxes and packing material when you can collect them for free. Begin the process of getting rid of clutter - give usable items to charity or hold a garage or yard sale. Start using up the stored food on your shelves and in your freezer so that you will have less to carry or discard.
Give notice to your landlord and arrange for time off work if needed. Schedule the move on a Friday if possible so that you will have weekend time to unpack and organize. If you are buying any new furniture, arrange delivery in plenty of time to coincide with moving day. Notify all providers of gas, electricity, water, phone, internet and cable in time to guarantee uninterrupted service. Fill out change of address forms well in advance of the move.
When it is time to begin packing, make sure you use appropriately-sized boxes for different items. Pack books and heavy items in small boxes and lighter items like blankets and pillows into larger ones. Use sturdy packing tape to reinforce boxes and mark them according to contents and the rooms they need to be placed in.
Be sure to arrange for an end of tenancy cleaning service to clean the old premises so that your deposit will be refunded in full. For end of tenancy cleaning London has firms on listing in every neighbourhood. Plan your move effectively and you will be able to save money and avoid the headaches and stress that housemoving can entail. Bon voyage!"